Kevin Eldridge – Tech Trek Supporter Extraordinaire By Gloria Yost
Recently retired counselor from Will C. Wood Middle School, Kevin Eldridge, has a long history with Sacramento Branch AAUW and Tech Trek. In Kevin’s words, “18 years ago, Liz Piazza came to Wood’s front office, spoke to the principal and (told) him about the Tech Trek program – there was no looking back.” Will C. Wood girls have had the opportunity to attend our summer camps ever since.
Eldridge was born in Sacramento, and graduated from Luther Burbank High School and CSUS. Prior to his education career, he has worked for the Sacramento Police Department and as a helicopter pilot in Alaska. Of his 36 years in education, 32 years were spent as a language arts teacher and counselor at Wood. His statement:
“As a schoolteacher and counselor, I have always been an advocate for opening our students’ eyes to the many varied careers out there just waiting for them, and Tech Trek has been a golden opportunity promoting just that. Because of AAUW’s commitment and generosity, many of our 7th grade girls over the years have had the incredible opportunity to spend a week away from home at a college campus, meet others, and immerse themselves in science, technology, and engineering. I have always felt blessed that our school was chosen to participate so long ago.”
Kevin has assured us that his replacement, Michelle Carroll, is prepared to assist Will C. Wood girls as they apply for Tech Trek in the future.
Tech Trek Update By Charmen Goehring and Jo Reiken
AAUW Sacramento is sponsoring four of our 2020 girls this summer in the Virtual Tech Trek Camp! This new format will be interesting to see and we look forward to hearing from the girls at our September meeting. If you are interested in volunteering at this summer’s camp, which will be on a Zoom format, let Charmen or Jo know and we will get the volunteer application link to you ASAP!! Training will be available for all volunteers. Learn something new this summer!
Tech Trek Camp Goes Virtual! By Charmen Goehring
Overview: 2021 Virtual Camp Model
Core Education Components
- Morning project-based robotics Core Class led by trained AAUW members.
- After-lunch Inspiration Hour featuring speakers chosen for excellence.
- Interactive afternoon hands-on or interactive Workshops chosen for excellence.
- Additional resources and nighttime events for social activities, college/financial aid information, STEM speakers, etc.
Camp Delivery Program
- Three to four 2021 Virtual Camps scheduled between mid-June and early August based on camper enrollment (likely dates 6/21-25, 7/12-16, 7/26-30, and/or 8/2-6).
- Robotics kits to be distributed from several California locations.
- Zoom platform with registration, passwords and breakout rooms.
Camp Staff & Volunteer Opportunities
- A combination of interested branch members, camp directors and teachers, dorm moms, counselors and other volunteers.
- High staff to camper ratio – 1:3.
- Several roles will be available – both in the virtual environment and on the ground; members can serve in one or more camps and training will be provided.
Currently, AAUW CA is working on building capacity for more than 1,000 girls to attend over the three to four camps. We will still need volunteers from our branch as well as others to make Tech Trek 2021 as successful as possible. More information will be shared as we receive it. The nominations process for campers will begin in January.
We would also like to thank each one of our members who made a contribution to our Tech Trek program this past year! With your support, we can show girls what a career in STEM looks like and encourage her along the way!